Thirty-two children have been awarded the ‘Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar’ this year for their exceptional abilities and outstanding accomplishments in the fields of innovation, scholastics, sports, arts, culture, social service and bravery. Formerly known as the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement, PMRBP is India’s highest civilian honour for those under the age of 18.
Ahead of Republic Day 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) awardees at 12:00 noon on Monday through video conferencing. In a statement, the Ministry of Women and Child Development said the awardees are from 32 districts of 21 states and Union territories. Seven awards have been given in the field of Art and Culture, nine awards have been given for Innovation, and five for scholastic achievements. This year, as many as 32 applicants from across the country have been selected under different categories of Bal Shakti Puraskar. Seven children have won in the Sports category while three children have been felicitated for Bravery and one child has been honoured for her efforts in the field of Social Service. The government has been conferring this award to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievements.